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Mandela memorial sign language man was fake

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The man giving a sign language interpretation to the world at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a fake whose gestures meant nothing, it has been revealed.

Bruno Druchen The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said the unnamed man seen on television next to leaders like US President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for.”

South African MP Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party, also said the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movements. Both Mr Druchen and Ms Newhoudt are deaf.

 

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